Archive for October, 2007

Sunday is shaping up to be a busy day. In addition to the Tour de Tempe on Sunday morning, this Sunday is also Silent Sunday at South Mountain07_porf_photo_flyer.jpg

In conjunction with Silent Sunday, the City of Phoenix is hosting the Phoenix Outdoor Recreation Festival to celebrate National Public Lands Day. The event runs from 8 to 4 and is free. All the details are HERE

Tour de Tempe in the morning followed by a road ride to South Mountain in the afternoon to enjoy a car-free climb to the towers and to check out the festival… Sounds like a great Sunday.

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Have a great time during last week’s Tour de Fat Bike Parade? Dying for another opportunity to ride around Tempe with 1500 other cyclists? You’re in luck!

Next Sunday, October 28th is the 12th annual Tour de Tempe

  • Ride starts and ends at Tempe’s Kiwanis Park
  • Registration starts at 7 am – ride at 8:30 am
  • 12 -14 mile community bike ride that weaves through diverse neighborhoods, downtown Tempe, public art projects and other Tempe sites.
  • All riders will receive free breakfast snacks
  • Artist-designed T-shirts will be distributed to the first 800 registrants
  • TBAG will be there acting as official marshals for the ride thanks to an invitation from the city. See you there!

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    Well, we’ve finally recovered, had some time to tally the numbers and reflect upon this year’s Tempe Tour de Fat. By all measures the event was a huge success. Thousands of people came out on a beautiful “fall” day at Tempe Town Lake to celebrate the bicycle, drink New Belgium beer and have a great time. Some numbers from this year’s TdF:

    • 88 kegs
    • 133 volunteers
    • Approx. $24,000 raised for bicycle advocacy (60% more than last year!)

    Proceeds from Tour de Fat will be split between TBAG, MBAA and Bike Saviours
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    We can’t say enough about the group of volunteers who stepped up to help out at TdF this year. Everyone did a great job of maintaining the controlled chaos that is Tour de Fat and for that we are grateful. We’ve been told repeatedly by the crew from New Belgium that the Tempe TdF was the smoothest of their TdF stops thanks to our volunteers. So, if you helped out at Tour de Fat this year – BRAVO.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the Tour de Fat – if you have links to photo galleries or TdF recaps, leave a comment. Thanks again, see you next year!

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    More photos if you click “Read the rest of this entry” – full gallery of photos are HERE

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    A tremendous THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped make the Tour de Fat happen, and to all of the folks who came and had a great time!

    Stay tuned for a full recap of the event once we wade through photos and get a count of parade and party attendees.

    THANKS AGAIN!

    TdF Bikes

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    The City of Tempe is in the design phase of a project to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities, enhance streetscape and calm traffic on College Avenue between Apache and US60. Given that College Ave. is an important north-south artery and the busiest bicycle route in the city, cyclists should be very interested in this project. The meeting is open to the public but targeted largely at residents who live south of Apache, north of US60, west of Rural and east of Mill Ave.

    The meeting is an excellent opportunity to see the latest design concepts and learn about the process and timeline. It’s also a great chance to provide feedback.

    Meeting Details:
    Thursday, October 18, 2007
    6 – 8:30 pm
    Tempe Public Library

    College Ave Map

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    BOB Trailer + PVC Pipe + 6′ tall Tour de Fat Posters (x2) = Excellent (and very sketchy in a cross-wind) TdF rolling advertisement!

    Rolling Tour de Fat sign

    This specimen of bicycle-based advertising was present at PHX First Friday this evening. Keep an eye out for it around Tempe this week.

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    Ride with us to downtown Phoenix to spread the good word about biking and next weekend’s Tour de Fat! We have a bike trailer with a 6ft tall sign advertising the Tour that we’re going to parade around the First Friday event as we hand out advertisements and TBAG propaganda. Join us for the ride to and from PHX or for the whole evening. Wear your TBAG shirt (or buy one from us at the event), bring your bike lights, helmet, and enjoy a Friday night hanging out with Tempe biking folks.

    Meet at the corner of 5th and Mill in Tempe at 6pm. We will roll promptly at 6:10 and head north across the Mill bridge. We will take Oak St to downtown because it is a nice safe road. We’ll likely come home on Washington to check out the new bike lanes, but if the construction makes it unsafe we may return via Oak as well.

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